Stubbins: Jets' Barresi is like Tom Rogic

The latest young gun to arrive at Hunter Stadium has work to do if he is to live up to his coach's bold claim, while an experienced defender has also joined their ranks
Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins has likened new signing Joshua Barresi to Socceroo Tom Rogic, as the club also confirm the arrival of Adrian Madaschi.

Attacking midfielder Barresi has signed on at the Hunter Stadium club for two seasons, ending a two-year stay at Western Sydney Wanderers.

And the 19-year-old already has some big billing to live up to, thanks to the new Jets boss.

"Josh is a player that I know from the AIS and he is similar to Tom Rogic in many ways," Stubbins said in a statement.

"He's somebody who is graceful on the pitch, has a fantastic left foot and has all the technical skills you look for in an attacking midfielder.

"For Josh, I think there is a good platform for him at the Jets to come and establish himself in the A-League."

Experienced defender Madaschi, a five-cap Socceroo, has inked a deal to play at the Jets for the 2014-15 campaign. The former Melbourne Heart man's most recent first team apperances came at K-League side Jeju United in 2012-13.

"I'm extremely excited to get on board and be a part of the Newcastle Jets," the 31-year-old said.

"I think building a competitive squad starts with the defence, so hopefully I can form some good partnerships with the other boys at the back and be part of a strong defensive unit throughout the season.

"Having a bit of experience under my belt, I'll be doing my best to be a mentor to some of the younger players in the squad, guiding them in the right direction and lending a helping hand where I can as well."